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Cowboys rushing attack led to win vs Bears VERNON HADNOT VIA FLICKR.COM


Cowboys Defeat Bears With Potent Rushing Attack

The Dallas Cowboys earned a big home win Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. Dallas was able to show off their greatest threat as an offense through the running game. They were able to rush for a team total of 199 rushing yards against the bears. This was all achieved without pro bowl left tackle, Tyron Smith.

Ezekiel Elliott earned his first career 100 yard rushing game and achieved it with 30 carries Sunday night. The Cowboys ran early and often against the Bears and it was effective all night. Elliott was able to get to the second level of the defense and make plays as he averaged 4.7 yards a carry. His longest run was 21 yards. Elliott wasn’t the only Cowboy making plays in the running game.

Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar only received six carries the entire night, however they made them count. Between the two ball carriers, they combined for 20 yards and two rushing touchdowns. It was surprising that they were not as involved in the game, but with how well Elliott was playing it’s certainly understandable. As the season goes on, I would expect the cowboys’ coaching staff to tone down Elliott’s carry count a little bit. Involving Morris and Dunbar will help Elliott get some extra rest throughout the season.

Dak Prescott was showing his dual-threat ability as well. Prescott took off to run four times and gained 36 yards along with another rushing touchdown for the rookie. He was known as an effective rushing quarterback coming out of Mississippi State, where he recorded 2500+ rushing yards and 41 rushing touchdowns. He was effective as a pocket passer and a runner if he was forced out of the pocket.

Prescott seems to have excellent awareness in the pocket. He has the ability to feel defenders coming and steps up to make a play or pick up a few yards on the ground, as we saw Sunday night against the Bears. This dual-threat ability complicates things for the opposing defense. Because he has a great rushing ability, teams must prepare to contain him if he breaks out of the pocket.

Aside from a strong running game, the Cowboys played very well offensively and defensively. Prescott showed once again how efficiently he can play and manage a game. He completed 19 out of 24 passes for 248 yards and his first career passing touchdown to Dez Bryant. Prescott is taking care of the football and is putting the Cowboys in position to win every week. Dallas might have been able to put up more points if wide receiver, Terrance Williams hadn’t fumbled a big completion from Prescott in Chicago territory.

The Dallas defense gave up a season low 17 points Sunday night. Yes, they were playing a suspect Bears offense with backup quarterback, Brian Hoyer starting. Still, the defense was eager, energetic, and played with passion. They were an aggressive and collective group forcing short possessions and getting stops. With a consistent offense rolling for Dallas, as long as the defense can continue to play smart and aggressive, the sky is the limit for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys.